Say hello to one of my newest favorite corners of the earth. Warthan Farms is in the middle of freaking nowhere. Civilization is a good hour drive away and you can meander and get quite lost, seeing more animals than humans for miles. NOT THAT I WOULD KNOW. That never happened. We did not get lost without cell signal and end up in some poor family’s driveway. I digress.

This Easter trip was a product of my desperate desire to go somewhere (anywhere) and Jennifer’s gracious offer to host us in her small cottage. I packed up a metric ton of film and allowed myself to experiment with cameras and film stocks for the entire weekend as my personal project. I need projects, ya’ll.

Behold, the fruits of my labor. Some are boring, some are amazing, others were pleasant surprises. The weekend itself was incredible. The kids could go exploring the farmland without a care in the world–the stuff childhoods are made of. We had our easter egg hunt, an exploration of the fields in rain boots and super hero capes, cookie baking, long naps, and movie watching.

If you have been dying for a getaway yourself, just plan it. I had gotten so stuck in the monotony of child raising that I had forgotten how wonderful it was to take a break.

1. Without the luxury of reliable cell service, you really do enjoy the one on one time with your family. It’s easier to appreciate when you are actually home.

2. When you aren’t home, rules can be broken. From “cookies aren’t for dinner” to “bedtime is at 8:00” to “one movie MAX per day”, it’s nice to just be able to say yes much more often without risking permanent chaos.

3. You feel good, like you are giving your children the gift of adventure. Our normal adventures consist of Target runs or buying milk using the “little tiny cart” at the grocery store. Being able to explore the outdoors was a major step up and I hope the boys enjoy these photos later as a reminder of the fun we had as a family.

Hugs,
Jess

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